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Batman
Les Daniels
0811842320
May 2004
Paperback
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Review
These days we devour super-sized meals, ogle strutting supermodels and experiment with superconductivity. But once upon a time there were only superheroes. Murmur their names, and from out of memory's deep emerge lazy summer afternoons spent on covered porches with a bottle of Orange Crush and a bag of Fritos, weekly bike rides to the revolving wire racks in corner drug stores and, of course, our increasingly daring leaps, from picnic tables and brick fireplaces, with an old sheet fluttering from 9-year-old shoulders: "I can fly, I can fly." And we could -- if only during that moment when we flexed our knees and pushed off into the air. Then, for one blissful second, we were commensurate with our dreams.

But, ah, those names, how they thrilled and fed our imaginations: the Flash, Green Lantern, Green Arrow, Aqua-Man and...



Serenity: Those Left Behind (Serenity)
Joss Whedon, et al
1593074492
January 25, 2006
Paperback
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From Booklist
With the war between the Alliance and the independent Browncoats over, Mal Reynolds, captain of the Serenity, and his crew of misfits, fugitives, and would-be outlaws work the frontier. Defeated and directionless, their goal has become simply to keep flying, and Mal is willing to take any job, in- or outside the law, to achieve it. Although their willingness to flout rules has occasionally played to their favor, they may be in over their heads in taking aboard Simon and his damaged sister, River, secretive fugitives from the Alliance. Mal and his crew may not know it, but the hunt is on, and the Alliance is right behind them. Whedon elaborates on his Firefly universe in this small prequel to the movie Serenity. If this story doesn't have much in the way of plot or background, an aura of character study...


Flash Frames: A New Pop Culture
Laurie Dolphin
0823018377
April 2002
Paperback
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Book Review
One legacy of the dot-com boom/bust was the proliferation of Flash animations. Projects that once required conventional tools and had a substantial learning curve are now within the reach of Web developers, old-school cartoonists, and just about anyone with a creative spark. These days, mainstream media copy the Flash look, from TV commercials to print ads to feature films (think Richard Linklater's Waking Life).

Flash Frames is an image-packed tribute to some of the pioneers of this emerging art form, with the focus on animations that are self-contained artistic expressions (music videos, cartoons) as opposed to Flash interfaces or games. It's more of an exhibit than a how-to. There is, however, some practical advice for would-be Flashers. Veteran rocker and techno-innovator Todd Rundgren warns against an overuse of...



Digital Compositing for Film and Video with CDROM (Focal Press Visual Effects and Animation)
Steve Wright
0240804554
December 15, 2001
Paperback
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Review
"This book provides editors and compositors with practical methods for matted extraction, despill procedures, composting operations and color correction. If your blue screens shots just don't look right, this book is for you." - Design Issues

"One of the best compositing books out there..., If you consider yourself an upper intermediate level user or less, I'd recommend this book. Among many other things that it does quite well, it explains what procedural keyers like Primatte are doing and shows you how to accomplish the same kinds of processes manually. You will know what each of the many keyers in After Effects (and other compositing apps) are doing and the logic behind each. You will also learn where best to use each based on the situation at hand. It also takes you through many other areas like matte extraction,...


Made in China
Reed Damon
0811842029
February 2004
Paperback
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Book Description
Made in China is a fun-filled, action-packed journey into the heart of Chinese pop culture. For Asia-philes, designers, and pop culture junkies, designer Reed Darmon has collected the most colorful (and in some cases, the kookiest) Chinese ephemera in this chunky paperback. Candy wrappers, firecrackers, Chairman Mao heads, and more! These objects are a testament to the age-old Chinese fascination with vivid hues and whimsical figures. Even humdrum, everyday items such as matchbooks and sock labels are decorated with exuberant illustration. A stylishly designed object and graphic essay in one, Made in China is a kaleidoscope of playful graphics and vibrant design, from the post-revolution '50s through today.

About the Author
Reed Darmon , an award-winning graphic designer for...


Superman
Les Daniels
0811842312
May 2004
Bargain - Paperback
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Book Review
While comic books trace their origins to the late 19th century, Superman, who debuted in 1938's Action Comics #1, is virtually synonymous with the medium. Yet, as Superman, the Complete History shows, the Man of Steel has also made a lasting impact in comic strips, film, toys, TV, radio, and even on Broadway. In this beautifully composed volume, Les Daniels collects rare and never-before-seen early artwork by Superman's teenage creators, Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster (including a two-page doodle from 1936 featuring early Superman costume designs), and he chronicles the evolution of the character from an orphan alien comics hero to a complex multimedia icon. Entire pages are devoted to photographs of the various costumes worn by TV and film incarnations, of numerous action figures and related toys, and of movie poster and...


The Lord of the Rings Sketchbook
Alan Lee (Illustrator)
0618640142
October 19, 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
Alan Lee, the Oscar-winning conceptual designer for the Lord of the Rings movie trilogy, discusses his approach to depicting Tolkien"s imaginary world. The book presents more than 150 of Lee"s celebrated illustrations to show how his imagery for both the illustrated Lord of the Rings and the films progressed from concept to finished art. In addition, the book contains 20 full-color plates and numerous examples of the conceptual art produced for Peter Jackson"s film adaptation. The Lord of the Rings Sketchbook provides a wealth of background information and will be of interest to those who know and love Tolkien"s work, from books to films to DVDs, as well as to budding artists and illustrators interested in how to approach book illustration.

About the Author
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45 RPM: A Visual History of the Seven-Inch Record
C. Granata (Introduction)
1568983581
October 2002
Paperback
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From Library Journal
In this visual history of the seven-inch record-or the 45, as it is also known-Drate is out to prove that one can judge something by its cover. A graphic artist for the music industry, he divides his text by decade spanning the 1950s to the 1990s, reproducing in full color and actual size more than 200 sleeves to show the 45's evolution from Top 40 mainstay to indie rock accoutrement. Each era is introduced by a different graphic artist (e.g., Eric Kohler, Roger Dean), and the featured musicians and artists range from Sammy Davis Jr. to Stereolab and from Pablo Picasso to R. Crumb, respectively. Because pop music is part delivery and part package, record covers could be visual jams and outtakes. At best, the single scabbard reflected or complemented the music it encased. As Dean explains while kicking...


Video Shooter : Storytelling with DV, HD, and HDV Cameras (DV Expert)
Barry Braverman
1578202892
January 9, 2006
Paperback
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Book Description
Video Shooter is a guide to both the mechanics of the video camera and the craft of shooting. Written by a veteran in the industry and utilizing an engaging, conversational style (including illustrative anecdotes from the author's many years of experience), the book takes the reader beyond "button pushing" to teach the complete range of skills required to capture compelling images. Topics include equipment selection, camera setup and operation, shooting techniques, and working with lighting and audio. Although the techniques illustrated in Video Shooter are appropriate for users of a wide range of camera models, the book focuses on the most popular 3-CCD DV and HDV cameras. A chapter on issues and techniques relating to DVD output makes the book especially suitable for industrial, educational, and...


The Art of Peter Max
Charles A. Riley, II
0810932709
Oct 2002
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Pop artist Max, like his contemporary Andy Warhol, had his artistic way with iconic figures: while Warhol captured Marilyn and Liz in Day-Glo glory, Max caught the visages of the Statue of Liberty, the Mona Lisa and George Washington in vibrant Technicolor (they both took a turn with Mick Jagger). But Max is the softer character in both art and life: his canvases are happier, swirlier, and he's a lot less hip. Perhaps it's his unabashed patriotism and his thorough endorsement by the establishment (though not necessarily the art world establishment). Max has painted Lady Liberty on the White House lawn, been named the official artist for the Grammys, the United Nations Earth Summit and five Superbowls, and had his paintings grace the covers of People, U.S. News & World Report and Manhattan's Yellow Pages-twice....


Design Issues: How Graphic Design Informs Society
D. K. Holland (Editor)
1581152027
October 2001
Paperback
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Book Description
Based on the popular "Design Issues" column in Communication Arts, this anthology of brilliantly-conceived mind-teasers explores how design communicates with, rubs itself against, and sometimes stumbles around the "real" world. Here are some of the column's most intriguing and provocative selections, taken from an unorthodox mix of over 20 contributors. Covering a range of subjects from designing a corporate identity to the philosophical dimensions of art, this guide takes a look at 21st century design in a critical, educational, ethical, historical, social, and often humorous way. Upbeat and entertaining, it's sure to capture the attention of artists, illustrators and designers

From the Publisher
Design That Is Firmly Grounded in Society / As Demand for Socially Responsible...


The Gospel According to Oprah
Marcia Z. Nelson
0664229425
Oct 2005
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. Oprah Winfrey is inspirational, but does she really proclaim the "gospel," meaning literally, "good news"? Nelson says yes, and counts the ways. The best-known female talk show host in the world is a "reminder service of... values," a font of self-help advice and a vision of humanity, says Nelson, a freelance religion writer (Come and See). She praises Oprah for using her entertainment pulpit to promote such positive spiritual values as gratitude, empathy, forgiveness and self-examination. Best of all, Oprah does it with plain talk. Nelson says another secret to Oprah's broad appeal in the marketplace for TV ratings is that she never gets too specific on matters religious or political. After painting a glowing portrait of Ms. O, you may wonder, is there anything about Oprah and her media empire...


Star Wars Comics Companion
Ryder Windham, et al
1593073127
February 15, 2006
Paperback
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Book Description
Dark Horse presents the definitive guide to Star Wars comics, complete with in-depth coverage all the way through Episode III! Written by Ryder Windham, Star Wars expert, and densely illustrated with both brand-new art and classic images from the comics, this chronological compendium contains everything you need to be the ultimate Star Wars reader in-the-know. Follow Anakin Skywalker's descent into darkness, from his early days as a padawan, to his harrowing Clone Wars battles, up through his transformation and eventual death as Darth Vader. Get complete details on the exploits of Luke and Leia, Han and Chewie, and all the rest of the gang, with thorough rundowns of classic Star Wars history, from the very beginnings of the Jedi Order, no character goes unmentioned and no quadrant goes unmapped.


The Push Pin Graphic: A Quarter Century of Innovative Design and Illustration
Seymour Chwast (Editor)
0811841030
August 2004
Hardcover
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Book Description
Part design and illustration studio, part pop culture think tank, Push Pin Studios made a phenomenal impact on visual culture from the 1950s to the 1980s, representing an important chapter in postwar graphic design. Founding member Seymour Chwast partners with key figures from the design community -- as well as co-founder Milton Glaser -- to provide a visual history of the studio by way of its signature publication, The Push Pin Graphic. Hundreds of memorable covers and spreads culled from each of the eighty-six inspired and imaginative issues confirms Push Pin's vital role in setting the design curve and influencing the direction of modern visual style. The Push Pin Graphic is the first comprehensive account of a design milestone that continues to influence designers to this day.

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30 Film School : How to write, direct, produce, shoot, edit, distribute, tour with, and sell your own no-budget DIGITAL movie (Power!)
Michael W. Dean
1592000673
May 13, 2003
Paperback
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Alt.culture.guide™, Keith Gordon, 2004
One of the most important tools available to an a artist.

Book Description
We?re entering a new era. Mini-DV filmmaking is the new folk, the new punk rock, the new medium where anyone can tell his story. "$30 Film School" is an alternative to spending four years and a hundred thousand dollars to learn the trade. It is influenced by punk rock?s Do-It-Yourself spirit of just learning the basics and then jumping up on a stage and making a point, and by the American work ethic back when it was pure, before it became all about corporations crushing the little guy. Throw in the hacker idea that information wants to be free (or at least very cheap) and you?ve got our deal. Inside you?ll find many interviews from insightful independent filmmakers and...


Graphic Novels
Paul Gravett
0060824255
Nov 2005
Paperback
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From School Library Journal
Starred Review. Grade 9 Up–This is a wonderful primer for someone new to the genre or who is starting a graphic-novel collection. Gravett does an excellent job of acknowledging that there are things to hate about comics and he confronts them head on, with explanations and suggestions for future reading. Next he offers a classics list of 30 of his favorite titles. Most of them are well known and are considered must-haves in any collection, such as Alan Moore and Dave Gibbonss Watchmen (DC Comics, 1995), Art Spiegelmans Maus (Knopf, 1993), and Neil Gaimans The Sandman series (DC Comics). The rest of the book examines those titles and others like them, showing sample pages with directions on how to read them and pointing out themes, keywords, and special features. This oversize volume has glossy,...


Art and the Sixties: This Was Tomorrow
Chris Stephens
1854375229
October 2004
Paperback
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Book Description
The myths and realities of the "swinging sixties" provide the backdrop to this unique and beautifully illustrated book, which accompanies an exhibition at Tate Britain. In an age when Britain was undergoing rapid social and cultural change, aesthetics were also being transformed, resulting in new departures in the form and content of British art. Unlike previous books on the subject, Art and the 60's: This Was Tomorrow explores the blurring boundaries within art of the time and its evolving relationships with other cultural forms.

The work of artists David Hockney, Bridget Riley, Richard Hamilton, Peter Blake, David Bailey, Colin Self, Eduardo Paolozzi, and Allan Jones, among others, is examined alongside developments in the media, photography, popular culture, architecture, and advertising. Art and the 60's is...


Maeda @ Media
John Maeda
0789305259
September 2001
Paperback
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Review
"John Maeda deconstructs the digital world with the earned authority of an M.I.T.-trained computer scientist and a card-carrying artist. Being ambidextrous with Eastern and Western cultures, he can see things most of us overlook. The result is a humor and expression that brings out the best in computers and art."--Nicholas Negroponte
--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

Book Description
"John Maeda deconstructs the digital world with the earned authority of an M.I.T.-trained computer scientist and a card-carrying artist. Being ambidextrous with Eastern and Western cultures, he can see things most of us overlook. The result is a humor and expression that brings out the best in computers and art."--Nicholas Negroponte

John Maeda is one of the world's leading...


Animation Writing and Development, : From Script Development to Pitch (Focal Press Visual Effects and Animation)
Jean Ann Wright
0240805496
January 24, 2005
Paperback
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Review
"The real value of this tome lies in its concise technical approach, offering newcomers various route-maps through the storytelling maze." - Imagine magazine

Book Description
The art. The craft. The business. Animation Writing and Development takes students and animation professionals alike through the process of creating original characters, developing a television series, feature, or multimedia project, and writing professional premises, outlines and scripts. It covers the process of developing presentation bibles and pitching original projects as well as ideas for episodes of shows already on the air. Animation Writing and Development includes chapters on animation history, on child development (writing for kids), and on storyboarding. It gives advice on marketing and finding...


Harry Potter, Narnia, and the Lord of the Rings
Richard Abanes
0736917004
July 2005
Paperback
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Comic Book Guy's Book of Pop Culture
Matt Groening
0060748214
Nov 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
Comic Book Guy's Book of Pop Culture is an all-new book from the ongoing series: The Simpsons Library of Wisdom. Allow the portly proprietor of 'The Android's Dungeon and Baseball Card Shop' to guide you through the ins and outs, the fast food takeouts, online dates, things he hates, Wonder Woman dreams, internet schemes, chick flicks, Kung Fu kicks, gaming freaks, fan boy geeks, comic books, condescending looks, Tolkien's Middle Earth, his own middle girth, and every other aspect of pop culture from his own expertly acerbic point of view. Comic Book Guy's Book of Pop Culture - it's the worst, we mean . the best book ever! In The Simpsons Library of Wisdom, Matt Groening, the creator of 'The Simpsons', offers an ongoing series of portable and quotable books that will eliminate the need for all religions and...


DV Filmmaking : From Start to Finish (O'Reilly Digital Studio)
Ian Aronson
0596008481
January 11, 2006
Paperback
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Book Description
Thanks to the digital revolution, film artists now have a spectacular array of powerful, new, inexpensive tools for creative expression through digital film. The once powerful studios can no longer stifle an artist's creativity. With the power of the Internet, film artists are finding once unimaginable ways to distribute their creations worldwide.

DV Filmmaking: From Start to Finish covers all aspects of the new digital video frontier, for amateurs and professionals alike--from the nuts and bolts of timecode and aspect ratio; to framing, lighting, and sound recording; as well as editing, special effects creation, and distribution.

The book is written for filmmakers at varying experience levels--taking an integrated approach to media production, and emphasizing the ways different aspects of the...



The Gospel According to the Simpsons
Mark I. Pinsky
0664224199
Sept 2001
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Religion journalist Pinsky offers a thoughtful and genuinely entertaining review of faith and morality as reflected through the irreverently sweet comedy of The Simpsons, drawing on a wide if not encyclopedic knowledge of key episodes and interviews with the series' creators. The animated series is unique in many ways, including its longevity and creative freshness, but no less remarkable is the show's attention to religious themes especially considering the prevalent invisibility or irrelevance of religion on TV. A recent convert to the show who only started watching in 2001, Pinsky had been repelled by controversy surrounding the series' edgier early seasons. But as the program and its characters have matured, many viewers have seen a fundamental affirmation of spirituality, family and community life that...


From Word to Image: Storyboarding and the Filmmaking Process
Marcie Begleiter, Marcie Begleiter
0941188280
November 2001
Paperback
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Today's Librarian, August, 2001
An exciting aspect of (this) book is the way Begleiter helps film/videomakers change the way they think and express themselves...

Indie Slate September, 2001
The book teaches the importance of putting vision on paper...regardless of budget or artistic ability.

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3D Game-Based Filmmaking: The Art of Machinima (with CD-ROM)
Paul Marino
1932111859
July 19, 2004
Paperback
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Book Description
The Machinima approach to creating movies promises to revolutionize the computer animation industry and this book will serve as the industry bible for emerging filmmakers. It expertly covers the very latest technology in filmmaking, from the history of Machinima, who the major players are, and where the Machinima movement is going. Conventional filmmakers are quickly adopting this medium as a much easier and economical way to produce animation films. This book contains a wealth of tips, tricks, and solid techniques to creating your own Machinima films from some of the best creative minds in the industry. Numerous hands-on projects are provided to show readers how to expertly create, edit, and view their own films. Some of the hot topics covered include developing actors, preparing sets, incorporating audio, adding...


The Great American Pop Culture Quiz Book
Entertainment Weekly
1416510575
Sept 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
Do you know what's eating Gilbert Grape?Can you guess who's coming to dinner?Are you feeling lucky, punk?If so, step right up and test your pop culture mettle inThe Great American Pop Culture Quiz BookEvery year since its inception, the annual "Great American Pop Culture Quiz" issue of Entertainment Weekly has been a runaway reader favorite. Now, challenging you like never before, America's leading reporters of entertainment news present hundreds of new trivia questions to help determine whether you've got a steel-trap mind or a brain like a sieve.Do you know your Eliza Doolittle from your Doctor Doolittle, your Saturday Night Fever from your Saturday Night Live, your Breakfast at Tiffany's from your Breakfast Club? Can you distinguish the Chantels from the Chiffons, Barry Manilow from Barry White, Meathead from...

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